Made for assembly line, machine automation, and other applications, this RoHS-compliant wide gap optical sensor includes an emitter-sensor pair. Its LED and phototransistor are made to work over up to 12 inches in industrial environments. The sensor components are mounted in threaded color-coded housings. The emitter-sensor pair uses an LED with a 935 mm peak wavelength and a silicon phototransistor. The pair will mate with a Molex 03-06-2023 connector with either male (for the LED) or female (for the sensor) pins. The output phototransistor performs at collector-emitter voltages of 30V, emitter-collector voltage of 5V, and power dissipation of 100 mW. The LED has a maximum continuous forward dc current of 40 mA, a reverse voltage of 2V, and power dissipation of 100 mW.
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